This irrepressible urge to buy more yarn

Is this something you can relate to? Do you find yourself browsing online yarn shops, adding things to your virtual cart and convincing yourself that this yarn is a must have?

I’m pretty sure I’m not the only one that has to deal with this urge and yet I have more than enough yarn already! If you have been following my blog lately you will know that I have a sizeable stash and you will have seen pictures of it in my Spring Challenge section here on this website.

So I know that I have enough yarn to knit almost anything I want to knit in the coming year or two or three. The keyword here is almost. Meaning that yes I have hundreds of skeins of yarn but most of them are just single skeins so good for socks, scrap projects or to be combined with two or more yarns in a shawl or colourful garment.

I have very few sweater quantities in my stash, maybe about 5. I like solid and semi solid yarns for garments and yet I rarely buy such yarns and so every now and again I get this overwhelming feeling of “I have to buy some sweater quantities of solid yarns” just in case, just to be sure I have EVERYTHING I could possibly need next time I have to cast on.

Lately I have also become more of a yarn connaisseuse (I prefer that  term to yarn snob). And so I really want to try “different” yarns, yarns from single breeds, yarns from conservation flocks or yarns from a small independent mill somewhere. And I always manage to find such yarns. And of course small batch, exclusive yarns are priced accordingly so not easy on the budget.

These past few days as I have been home resting my leg (I have some strange issue with my left knee) I have been doing a lot of “virtual yarn shopping”. And it has got me thinking how strange this is. I don’t need any more yarn, I have so much currently that just finding a place to store my stash is an issue. And yet the urge is so strong. And so urgent. Like I need this particular yarn asap. Telling myself I will buy this yarn in a month or when I’m ready to actually knit with it, is no good.

But my finances are not limitless, I have spent more than can be considered reasonable on yarn already. So how can I resist? How can I control this urge?

Well, what I have been doing lately is put the yarn in my cart but not checking out. I leave the page open on my phone and then come back maybe the same day, maybe a couple of days later and I review my cart. I ask myself if I ABSOLUTELY need this particular yarn and if I could possibly reduce the quantity in my cart, maybe leave out a yarn or two. And then sometimes I do check out and other times I leave my cart for a few more hours/days of reflexion.

But it is not easy. I sometimes think that in my case this urge is so strong and the need so important that it must be akin to addiction of some sort. I know stop smoking can be very hard and I imagine that stop buying yarn must be at least as hard in my case.

This is most definitely a third world problem! I know!

I would love to hear from you, do you suffer this urge to buy more yarn on a regular basis? How do you deal with the urge? Do you allocate yourself a yarn budget per month/year? Have you ever been on a “yarn buying diet” and if yes, for how long were you able to sustain that and do you know view yarn buying with a different eye than before your “yarn buying diet”?

I have tried to go on a yarn buying diet but never succeeded as the idea of NOT being able to buy yarn makes the urge TO BUY so much stronger! But I still think I really should try to get my yarn buying under control for the good of my finances as well as just to control the quantity of yarn already in my house.

I hope you will accept to share with me your yarn buying advice/techniques/plans. I’m sure sharing with each other will bring us all food for thought:)

Until next time I’m going to try to be serious and restrain from yarn shopping and just concentrate on knitting the yarn I already have!

Happy knitting to you and have a great week ahead!

Knit Purl or some serious stash enhancement in USA

Hi there, I’m still travelling in the US. I spent a few days with my brother and his family in California which was wonderful as always. And now I’m in Portland, Oregon.

Travelling from Normandy, France to the US means a LOT of hours on airplanes, trains and buses for me so I’ve been knitting a lot lately. I’ve already finished a pair of socks I began on the train when I left for the airport last Thursday. So these are knit with a gradient yarn from Knitcircus and the pattern is Toe Up Socks with a Difference by Wendy D, Johnson.

I also cast on for a shawl by Joji Locatelli called In the moment and I’m working on that. I’ve finished the striped part and I have just began working the border in Pumpkin spice. It’s difficult to show my progress because my circular needle is not big enough for me to really spread the shawl out for you to see. I really love how the colours work together. I was a little afraid of the orange being too orange but actually it is just perfect.

I also cast on for a second pair of socks and have just finished the first sock and about to cast on for the second sock. I knit those with the Regia Pairfect yarn. I wanted to use all the yarn so the leg is actually super long/high but that’s ok. I knit in  k3,p1 ribbing and I can just either have the leg”crumpled” or I can fold it over. This is also knit using the Toe Up Sock with a Difference pattern. I really like the outcome. The yellow yarn on the ball is the “separation” yarn that I  need to just cut away to begin the second sock at the right place for an identical pair.

So like I said before I’m travelling in the USA and am currently in Portland in Oregon. This is a really nice city which is not too big so easy to navigate and guess what? In the same street as my hotel, just 1 block from my hotel is……a YARN SHOP! And not just any yarn shop but KNIT PURL! I have read about this shop online and in US magazines so I was super excited when I discovered that I would be able to actually go there. But oh boy! They have so much gorgeous yarn. And lots of yarns that I’ve heard about but never actually seen. So I spent some time just going around and touching yarn and then I bought some! I probably should have set myself a budget before going in but…

So here’s what I got: Pompom Autumn 2015 magazine as well as the Interweave Knits Gifts magazine. A cowl pattern by one of the sales ladies at Knit Purl. A set of Knit Picks Carbonz dpns, a kit for a scarf knit in 100% silk, 6 Unicorn tails by Madelintosh and a skein of one ply 100% silk also by Madelintosh. So added to all the other knitting related purchases since I’ve come here I think I can say that this trip has been a serious stash enhancement experience. Much more so than I ever imagined. Not sure if that is a good thing or not but hey, this is a once in a time occasion (maybe) so I’m going to enjoy it!

That’s all for today. I have a very busy schedule while I’m here. I’m flying back on Friday and Saturday so lots of knitting in sight. I hope to write to you again after next weekend. And with regards to the shop, that should open this Sunday, October 4th. There will be lots of new yarns so I do hope you will take the time to have a peak at the shop and my new yarns and maybe even let me know what you think about it.

Until next time, take care and enjoy your knitting 🙂